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Mississippi Tourism Association honors Greenwood mayor

Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams was recognized with the Governmental Tourism Leadership Award. In Leflore County, travel and tourism expenditures by visitors in Fiscal Year 2018 totaled $50.8 million. There are 750 people employed in tourism-related jobs, and Tourism in Greenwood generated over $4 million in state and local taxes.

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Bacteria found in Mississippi waters prompts beach closure

Environmental officials in Mississippi are warning beachgoers that some coastal swimming areas will be closed after bacteria were found in the water. The state Environmental Quality Department announced Thursday that enterococcus bacteria have been found along a west Gulfport shore, posing an increased risk of illness. The Sun Herald reports that waters are closed from Marie Avenue to Camp Avenue. ...

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Coastal Mississippi wins 2019 ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award

Coastal Mississippi was honored with a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award, presented by the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. Since the award’s creation in 2001, this is the seventh time that Coastal Mississippi has received this award and it is one of only 15 total winners in the state of Mississippi. ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast to rev up economy

By LISA MONTI In its 23rd year, Cruisin’ the Coast is a tourism juggernaut that reliably revs up the coast economy during what used to be a slow season. This year’s classic car party, which celebrates vehicles 1989 and older, is expected to be another record breaker when Cruisin’ rolls across the three coastal counties Oct. 6-13 Car owners had ...

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Chawla brothers split motel chain in wake of arrest

By JACK WEATHERLY One of two brothers who jointly owned and operated a growing chain of motels in the Mississippi Delta announced Wednesday that he has formed a new management group, Delta Lodging Group LLC. Suresh Chawla said in a news release that the new group will be composed of 12 properties. That leaves seven unaccounted for, not including a ...

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Jackson honored at the 2019 MTA Governor’s Conference on Tourism

The Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) recognized the impact and accomplishments of the state’s tourism industry at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus on Sept. 22-24, 2019. As a top honor, Rickey Thigpen, Executive Director/CEO of Visit Jackson, was awarded MTA Member of the Year. As a Jackson native, Thigpen has served Visit Jackson ...

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Hunters bagged 918 alligators on Mississippi public waters

Great weather, high water and increasing expertise made for a good alligator season in Mississippi’s public waters, says state alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt. Hunters took 918 alligators from Mississippi’s public waters this year, up 153 from last year’s harvest, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said. Paul Edwards of Okolona and five others tied a state record ...

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$2B Tenn-Tom Waterway yet to yield promised boom

More than a century in the making, the 234-mile (376-kilometer) Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was supposed to fulfill a dream of “orderly growth and prosperity” when it opened in 1985, snaking its way through the poor, rural Deep South. It hasn’t worked out that way. Delayed for decades by environmental concerns and detractors who called the project a boondoggle, the $2 billion ...

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Ole Miss, Mississippi State ranked among cheapest tailgates in recent study

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal When it comes to cheapest towns to tailgate in, both Starkville and Oxford make the top ten, according to a recent study by Rent.com. The 2019 ranking looks at 57 cities representing 65 Power Five schools. The website said that for the article, they ranked each metropolitan area home to an NCAA Football Series. Schools ...

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Hotel in historic skyscraper now set to open in 2020

Renovations converting a Mississippi city’s tallest building into a hotel are now scheduled to be complete in November 2020. Architect John Campo tells The Meridian Star that demolition of non-historic parts of the 16-story Threefoot Building are complete, with some mechanical, electrical, plumbing and safety systems installed. Developer John Tampa bought the building from the city in 2016 to construct ...

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